EcuaExperience: Pre-Medical and Volunteer Programs

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Help, Learn and Discover is a student-driven volunteer organization that offers four week Pre-medical and Volunteer programs in Ecuador. These programs provide students with three main opportunities: to Help those less fortunate, to Learn first-hand knowledge about the medical field, and to Discover the amazing diversity of Ecuador. In the Help component, students use fundraised money to participate in a specific large-scale volunteer project. For example, in 2012 we built 21 homes for underprivileged families in a rural community called Pallatanga.

Students work alongside local families and are able to see the homes develop while integrating themselves into the community. In the optional Learn component, students shadow leading doctors and health professionals through eight different wards in a hospital setting.

We conclude the program with the Discover component, where students embark on an 11-day tour through the jungles, rainforests, highlands and beaches of Ecuador.

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Most of our students are 18+. However, we have had students under 18 that need their parents to co-sign their contract.

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  • Impact 9.7
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.7
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Meredith
10/10

I already want to go back!!!

I challenge anyone to find an experience that can top the one I had with Help, Learn & Discover. I can’t remember a single moment on this trip when I wasn’t smiling or laughing constantly, and looking back, I have nothing but fond memories. The 3 aspects of the trip encompassed absolutely everything I could have dreamed of (plus more!), and I know I’ll remember these experiences for the rest of my life. Without sounding too cliché, you truly will learn so much about yourself on this trip, and you will return with a new perspective on life.

The Help portion was incredible. It was truly humbling to work alongside the community in Jama to build homes for the most deserving families you will ever meet. The locals were so grateful for everything that we did, and knowing that you have a made a difference in their lives is an indescribable feeling.

The Learn portion of this trip—the medical rotations—was so cool. Not only will you be scrubbing into surgeries and literally watching operations over the surgeons’ shoulders, but you will also interact with patients in the Emergency Room, partake in medical hands-on learning sessions, and all throughout you will have medical tutors teaching and explaining things to you. During this portion of the trip, you see what the medical profession is really about. Before HLD, I thought I was interested in medicine. But after participating in this portion of the trip, I now know without a doubt that this is the field that I love!

The final component of this trip, the Discover portion, was one you will never forget. Ecuador is absolutely spectacular; from the rainforest to the coast to the volcanoes and mountains, this country truly has it all. It’s hard to believe how much of Ecuador you get to experience on this trip, but somehow HLD manages it!

On top of the trip itself, you will meet people who will change your life. This is one of my favourite aspects of this trip. Everyone you meet—from the program directors, to the tour guides, to the volunteers alongside you, to the leaders, and everyone in between—will impact your life. I started my 28 days in Ecuador with a group of strangers, but left Ecuador with a new family.

I can definitely vouch for HLD and all the experiences that come along with it. Go on this trip, and I promise you won’t regret it!

Yes, I recommend
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Justin
10/10

The Trip of a Lifetime

I don't even know where to begin when it comes to telling people about Help Learn and Discover. Everything about the trip was absolutely spectacular, and I don't think I'll ever forget some of the experiences I've had. I met amazing people, gained valuable experience in a unique learning environment, and travelled to parts of South America that took my breath away all accompanied with the priceless satisfaction of improving the lives of those in need.

I would highly recommend HLD to anyone looking to volunteer abroad. The passion for helping others that staff and organizers express is inspirational to say the least, and to see how far the organization has come and how many people they have helped is incredible. It's a wonderful feeling got be a part of such an organization, and I'm very proud whenever I tell people about the work the company has done. Especially after seeing the damage and destruction that the earthquake in April caused to parts of Ecuador, it's clear that many people still need help and HLD does just that by building sustainable houses.

I was part of one of the the pre-med trips this past summer, and the experience you get as part of the pre-med learning component is next to impossible to find anywhere in Canada. We were actually inside the operating rooms, or conversing with patients in ER, or gaining first-hand practical experience that would otherwise only be taught in med schools. These experiences are all extremely valuable to anyone considering medicine, as it was a lot like a trial run of what med school and practicing as a physician would be like, minus the stress of applications and grades and what not. You learn a lot, but in a fun and engaging environment.

The final component of the trip, which involved travelling around Ecuador with options to travel to Galapagos and Peru was one of my favourite travelling experiences, and for someone my age I've travelled a lot. HLD knows all of the best sites and places to visit in Ecuador. You see a very large portion of the country in a relatively small period of time. From snowcapped mountains, to the amazon, then to the beach and back. I had a hard time keeping up with the beauty of the country, and was grateful that I chose HLD to show me all the amazing parts of Ecuador.

Help Learn and Discover gave me an amazing experience, looking back I don't remember a time when I was dissatisfied or upset. Anyone looking for any volunteer experience should seriously look into HLD.

Yes, I recommend
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Donia
10/10

HLD Till I Die

My time in Ecuador was truly life changing. I made great friends, got to travel all over the country and make a difference in peoples lives, and I was able to gain some hands on experience in a hospital setting throughout my medical rotations. HLD does a phenominal job at sticking to the 3 words it stands for: Help, Learn and Discover. This program has managed to incorporate these three things to give students the best time of their lives whether they come for 17 days, 21 days, or 28 days. I did the 28 day program and couldn't be any happier and satisfied with my experience.

Help - this was by far my favorite part of the trip. I got to make personal connections with the locals and the community we were working with while helping them build their homes. This year was really important to me and the others I think because of the earthquake that happened months ago. It affected many communities, so volunteering and working on site meant so much more to us and the community. The work is physically demanding and fun and I wish it was longer than a week because I could spend the whole month there, but the locals were very welcoming and all of the hard work we did is really paying off and helping the program move one step closer to completing the project.

Learn - since I was in the 28 day program I got to do 2 weeks of medical rotations. The tutors were awesome and they provided us with a lot of valuable information and made sure that we were learning and enjoying all of the activities that they had planned for us. We learned how to take vitals, how to read an ECG, how to do CPR, how to stitch, how to take blood and many more things. We got to sit in on surgeries and work with patients in the emergency room. My favourite part was the fact that we were able to scrub in and watch surgeries in the operating room and ask our tutors any question that we had and they were always ready to help and explain. This part of the trip was very important for me because it really helped me find areas in the medical field that I enjoyed, which will further help me once I start applying to medical school. This part of the trip exceeded my expectations and I couldn't have imagined anything better.

Discover - This was another one of my favorite times. I really enjoyed traveling around from city to city and staying at places that I didn't even know existed. Ecuador is a beautiful country and luckily we got to see a lot of cool things. From water falls to tubing down the Napo river, hiking in the Amazon jungle, and horse backing riding to active volcanos, it truly was some of the best times of my life. The night life was always so fun and all of the hostels we stayed at were also amazing and made the experience that much better.

Taking a look back at the four weeks I spent with HLD, I can't say a single thing that I wish we had done differently. I have made life long friends on this trip and I can't express enough how much this trip changed my life. the leaders, activities, and experiences were all perfect. I think I smiled 24 hours a day on this trip! I definitely recommend it to everyone!

Yes, I recommend
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Rachel
10/10

Life Changing Month with HLD

Help, Learn, and Discover has made such an impact on my life and will continue to influence my life beyond the conclusion of the program. The program does an amazing job of giving students a taste of three areas that I am very passionate about.

The Help aspect of the program was a truly life changing experience. Especially after the earthquake, it was incredible to experience all of the students and community coming together to rebuild in the community of Jama. The fact that all of the money was fundraised by the students makes this experience even more rewarding knowing that we were able to make a difference both financially and physically at the worksite. The worksite conditions were one of the most impactful parts of the volunteer program. It was really eye opening to see how the members of the community had been living since the earthquake happened and it really made the experience so much more rewarding knowing that we were not living in conditions above the community. We were living in tents without good showers or wifi, just as how the community has been living for months. It really made the students and community members come together during this week of volunteering. The days of volunteering were always hard work, but very worth it. We did lots of concrete mixing, sanding, and painting of the shipping containers that were used to create earthquake-proof homes.

The Learn portion allows students to experience so many areas of the medical field to broaden their scope of knowledge and help them to decide if medicine is the right decision for them, and further, which area of medicine interests them the most. The tutors are incredibly knowledgable and helpful throughout all of the rotations and the evening activities. A mock medicine interview, stitching, ECG, and blood draw are just a few of the activities that are done in addition to shadowing in many different wards of the hospital such as the ER, OR, radiology, and sports medicine. The students are able to get a lot of hands-on experience and see so many cool things up close in the hospitals! The variety of healthcare programs also allows you to tailor your trip to your interests by offering pre-medical, pre-dental, and physio programs! I have only experienced how amazing the pre-medical program is, but I have heard from other students that the pre-dental and physio programs are incredible as well!

The Discover portion was a blast! We did everything from tubing down the Napo river, hiking in the jungle, waterfall rappelling, swinging at the edge of the world, and salsa dancing! Each different part of the country we went to had something unique to offer and had it's own individual beauty. All of the activities we did were so much fun and we all learned so much about the culture and country of Ecuador. I was also able to to an extra week to the Galapagos which was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. The Galapagos islands are incredibly beautiful with so much biodiversity and beautiful landscapes. We were able to snorkel with sea turtles, sharks, tropical fish, and the list goes on! We also went kayaking and experienced some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen and were able to see a giant tortoise sanctuary. The Galapagos is definitely a must-see if you're going to be travelling to South America!

I have nothing else to say about this program except that it is incredible! The owners Juan and Jose are always making sure to give the students the best experience possible and are tons of fun to travel with for the month. Definitely check out HLD if you have been considering travelling abroad!

Yes, I recommend
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Anon
7/10

It was decent

I had a decent experience. The hostel we stayed at was nice and we were well fed. The travelling portion was pretty cool, we went to many places. However it was kind of expensive because we ended up paying for a lot of activities out of our own pocket which wasn't cool. The volunteer portion was rewarding, however the water went out on us for days and we had no water to wash our hands with or shower or even flush the toilets. We weren't well taken care of there.
The worst part of the program was the fact I did physio. I found the program leader to be conceited and extremely unhelpful. There was no sense of support, and they put us on the spot and was overall rude. My friend and I cried several times when we got back to the hostel because of it. They didn't seem to care about anyone else. Even the med tutors who would teach us would constantly talk about how cruel they found this individual to be.
I was also forgotten at the airport.
Anywhooooo, it was nice to help the families of Jama. They are incredibly sweet people.

No, I don't recommend
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Anjali
10/10

A life changing month!

I did the 28 day pre-med program with HLD and it was more than I ever imagined. It was incredible.

For the help portion, we worked in Jama to build new homes that were destroyed by the earthquake. The community was amazing, everyone was extremely welcoming and loving. The day we left the community was the hardest, tears were shed because we had all had such a great time working together, regardless of the language barrier. The kids were resilient and were so energetic and excited to play with us. We worked hard, we were drenched in sweat most of the time, we were dirty and smelly and it was the most rewarding feeling in the world.

For the learn portion, I was extremely surprised and impressed with how hands on we were and how much I learned. The med tutors were extremely helpful (and funny) and they taught us ALOT. Everyone was always willing to teach, even the surgeons would walk us through the surgeries we were able to sit in on which was such a good learning experience. HLD really does give you insight on what it's like to be in medicine and it reinforced the fact I do want to be a doctor one day. I highly recommend this program for anyone considering medicine as a career, or even nursing!!

For the discover portion, words can't begin to explain the amazing memories we made together. Everyday was filled with activities, laughs, jokes and lots of dancing!! We went to so many different places in the beautiful Ecuador and we were able to experience the culture as well as have fun. There isn't a day that isn't jam packed with exciting things to do.

HLD has definitely impacted my life in so many positive ways and if you have the chance to go to Ecuador with any of the programs they offer, go!!

Ecuador is very dear to my heart now and I hope to go back, for the people and the country.

Yes, I recommend
Marie
10/10

The most unique experience of my life!

I love to travel and discover new things. This trip has allowed me to do so much. Not only did I get to travel to the most beautiful places in Ecuador, I also got to help build houses in Jama and got to learn a lot about a doctor's job. I went tubing down the river to my hotel in the jungle, I played soccer with the children in Jama after a long day of hard work and I got to see multiple surgeries, such as an open-heart surgery. There is no other trip that offers you as much as this one. Everyone, from the doctors at the hospital to the staff of HLD, has been very generous and hospitable. I got back to Canada a couple days ago, and I can't stop thinking about this wonderful and unique experience. I feel like Quito is a second home, and I only wish to go back next year to see all my friends again. Do not hesitate to go on this trip. It is completely worth it <3

How can this program be improved?
I can tell that HLD is 11 years old. Everything is very well organized and very special. There's nothing really that I would change.
Yes, I recommend
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Kirsten
8/10

HLD offers it all

I signed up for HLD about a month and a half before I left so it was really last minute but based on the reviews it looked like an awesome program and I wasn't disappointed!
My program began with medical rotations followed by a week of traveling, a week of volunteering and then a final week of medical rotations. I also added on a week in the Galapagos. The schedule changes for each group that attends HLD but Juan and Jose ensure that every group has an awesome time!
I was the only one on my trip in the pre-medical program who already works as a health care professional but the "Learn" portion of the trip still benefited me as I had the chance to see the hospitals and converse with the medical student tutors about different patient conditions that I had seen in my practice.
The "Discover" portion was a whirlwind adventure. I was absolutely amazed by every city I visited! We did tons of different activities from hanging out in natural hot springs, dancing and hiking in the jungle to waterfall rappelling and extreme tubing! There is no shortage of adventure on this trip!
The "Volunteer" portion of the trip was my favorite. It began with fundraising for the materials required to build homes and ended with smiles, hugs and tears when we had to leave the community members. This experience is incredibly rewarding and I would recommend the trip based on the volunteer aspect alone. It was especially meaningful this summer as the trip came right after an earthquake destroyed the coast of Ecuador and the already rural and poverty stricken communities had their homes, even if they were simple, taken away from them. The damage done, even after most of the clean up, was evident and I'm glad I had the chance to do something small to help.
I don't want to give away anything about the additional week in Galapagos but it was amazing! If you are planning on staying 28 days you should definitely add on 7 more to visit the Galapagos!

How can this program be improved?
As a few other students suggested I would say to prepare the students better for the weather in Quito. They said it would be cool at night so I was prepared for that but thought it would be hot and humid during the day. In Quito and other places we traveled throughout Ecuador it was comfortably warm during the day but by no means hot; however, along the coast and in the amazon it was extremely hot and humid. I went from freezing cold one day to boiling hot the next so be ready to pack a wide variety of clothes for the trip!

HLD in no way promotes the consumption of alcohol (especially in large quantities) but the age of students and the nature of the trip gives the opportunity for students to go out to a various bars and clubs to experience the Ecuadorian nightlife and some students take full advantage of this freedom. As someone who does not drink I still enjoyed going out and did not feel pressured to drink but the constant consumption of a variety of alcohol drinks in large quantities got old very fast, especially when students continually exceed their personal alcohol limit.
There was of course a ban on alcohol consumption during medical rotations but I wish the evenings while on tour could have been less focused on drinking and more on exploring and enjoying the Ecuador nightlife without being surrounded by fellow HLD students who are drunk. Perhaps though some students really enjoyed this aspect of the trip and it may just be a matter of personal preference.
Yes, I recommend
Emily
10/10

HLD Till I Die

This has been a life changing experience for myself.

At first I was apprehensive about taking part of this program - I am used to backpacking and travelling on my own and doing my own thing. Being with a bunch of other people seemed intimidating at first. But those fears quickly vanished - the week of touring was a blast and everyday topped the previous one as the 'coolest day ever'! I did the 17 day premedical program (I couldn't take more time off from work or school) and my only regret was not staying longer.

We were the first group to make it to Jama - the recent earthquake prevented the previous groups this year were not able to go. Working alongside the community was the most rewarding experience I could ever ask for. I will never forget this experience.

Life long friendships were created with Jose, Juan, and the rest of our group. We travelled with Jose for the majority of the tour and volunteer weeks, and he consistently put our wellbeing at the forefront.

Read my review, read my fellow HLDers - this experience will stick with you forever.

How can this program be improved?
I totally enjoyed the surprises, but maybe a heads-up, or some clues on what to pack would be helpful!
Yes, I recommend
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Winston
10/10

HLD gives you 200%

To start, HLD is hands down one of the best summer programs that anyone can choose to do! The combination of doing medical rotations, volunteering your time to those that need it, and touring the country has just the right amount of fun, learning, and rewarding experiences that you definitely will remember for the rest of your life. Whenever I was looking for a program to do over the summer, I wanted to do something that I could help out those less fortunate in another country, while also learning something valuable in my life. HLD fit what I was looking for perfectly! I went into the program the first day completely blind, and coming out my expectations were blown through the roof. The friends that you make and the things you do with them are something that will stay with you forever. Spending time with them for every moment of your life for 3-5 weeks allows you all to grow incredibly close with each other. I did the 28 day Pre-med with an extra week at the Galapagos. The pre-med portion was extremely organized. Everyday, I knew exactly what time and what I would be doing. In the end, I learned so much about the medical field because of all the different things we did. The tour was also very well organized. I knew where I was going and how much money I should bring with me. While some times I didn't exactly know what I was going to be doing, the surprises were well worth it! It made the whole experience even better! Finally, the volunteer portion was in my opinion the best part of the trip. After the week, seeing the joy and emotions from the community was the most rewarding aspect. You feel like you have made such a positive impact in their lives and know that they are much better off thanks to your work. I also did the extra week in the Galapagos on my trip. The week was absolutely amazing and I felt like I got a very good taste of what it is like in the islands. Now to wrap up, HLD has profoundly changed my life. It has made me further my interest in the field of medicine, and made me appreciate what I have back home. Being a 17 year old on the trip, I was welcomed as equals among people older than me. For those that aren't quite 18 yet and debating whether to go on the trip, I would still consider the trip. The trip is well suited for teenagers like me. Also for those considering about going, don't look at the cost. While the trip is by no means cheap, that factor should not be what decides if you go or not. You get way more out of the trip than the money you spend!

How can this program be improved?
The pre-med booklet could be in physical copy rather than in a USB stick. I did not bring a computer and had troubles trying to find a way to read it. Also I would suggest sending the booklet home early so students have time to read it beforehand. I already had very little time in my busy schedule and trying to cram another thing on top of that didnt work out. Another thing would have some knowledge of what to pack for med rotations. I was lucky to throw in a dress shirt into my suitcase before I left! Otherwise I wouldn't have any sort of professional attire other than t-shirts.
Yes, I recommend
Tori
10/10

HLD family

My trip to Ecuador with the HLD program was a life changing, educational and humbling experience. First of all I can't emphasize enough how incredible Jose and Juan are at creating a welcoming and exciting environment. By the end of my three weeks with the HLD family we really became closer than I could have imagined. The experiences shared amongst our group of friends are hard to put into words but I will try. I danced under a cabana in a thunderstorm in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. I played with the children of grateful families impacted by HLD's hard work over the years. I followed the process of a newborn baby from birth to vital signs to the neonatal unit. These are only a few of the many, many treasured memories I have from this trip. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in learning more about the world, learning more about themselves, learning more about the medical field or learning more about dedication to a cause.

Yes, I recommend
Haereen
10/10

HLD 4 life

I’m so glad to have come across this program and these past 21 days have been an amazing experience of a lifetime for me. I really did get to experience all three components of helping, learning and discovering. My group spent a week in Jama volunteering for a local community that was affected by the earthquake in April. We were able to interact closely with them as we worked along side by side from morning to evening, as well as play soccer and other games. Even though there was an obvious language barrier, we were still able to connect and understand each other. This week in Jama gave me an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective, and taught me how to appreciate everything in life. We were also taken on a tour around Ecuador - from the markets of Otavalo to an incredible 6 hour hike in the Amazon rainforest and even camping in the bottom of a volcano crater! I got to see and do things that I never imagined were even possible, and it was an amazing experience. For all you students interested in medicine or science, this program offers pre-medicine, pre-dental, bio-medicine and physio programs where you get a chance to experience what those professions are like and do on a daily basis as you shadow doctors and surgeons. I did the pre-med program and got to shadow many surgeons’ surgeries, participate in patient rounds with doctors in the ER, learn how to draw blood from patients and stitch wounds, visit the radiology department and learn how to read scans, and so much more. If you are interested in medicine I recommend this program as it gives you an introductory to working in hospitals!! I really do recommend this program to everyone and anyone - even if you’re not interested in med school, they also do offer volunteer programs, ranging from 17 days all the way to 31 days with extra travel weeks to Machu Picchu and Galapagos! During my visit, HLD has consistently put our best interest and safety first, and I can assure you that if you do decide to travel and volunteer with HLD, you will have the most amazing, incredible experience of your life.

How can this program be improved?
It would have been nice to be more informed of the weather!! I know that weather varies in Ecuador, but I feel like a more detailed update of the weather/climate in all the places that we visited would have been nice. For an example, I was prepared for very hot and humid weather for the whole trip so I packed lots of shorts but I found out that Quito (where the medical rotations and the hostel were) was actually pretty cold enough to be walking around in jeans! Also, it would have been really nice if we could've received the medical booklet (and the whole USB too maybe) before arriving to Ecuador. This would've given us the chance to pre-read the booklet without feeling rushed, as we were overwhelmed with a busy schedule and adjusting to a new country that we were not able to focus on our readings in the hostel at night.
Yes, I recommend
Shannon
10/10

HLD in my veins

It is really hard to write out, in a brief summary review, all I felt, learned, experienced, saw, overcame and loved during my 21 days in Ecuador. This trip was the perfect combination of adventure and thrill seeking activities, hands on learning along side enthusiastic med students and wise physicians. And of course, I feel at the heart of the program, the volunteer week. The numb muscles from the work will leave you but the smiles and tears of joys from the community live in you forever.

I can't tell a story of my favourite memory...because each day I spent in Ecuador topped the next. From the little things like getting caught in the rain in a rainforest! making special friends in Jama and spending endless hours laughing with cool kids with whom you can relate to, Ecuaexperience will be the highlight of your youth and guide your future to bigger and better things.

How can this program be improved?
Improve transportation to and from airport for travellers travelling by themselves.

I love the surprises but some information a little soon in advance, like some of the activities we can expect in order to pack appropriately.

Jose you are the bomb! Thanks for spending so much quality time with us.
Yes, I recommend
Noah
10/10

life-changing experience at HLD

My experience with HLD was a life-changing one, especially since it was my first time going to a third-world country. My first week was a medical rotation. We went into operating rooms to observe how surgeons work and emergency rooms to learn about doing clinical histories and diagnosing. At one point, the hospital had a black out. It was the first time that it has happened in the hospital. I was surprised by how the surgeons stayed calm and reacted quickly by turning on a flashlight. Numerous patients came in and I was able to see and analyse many different cases. This part of the trip reinforced my dream of becoming a doctor. I would recommend the pre-med program for everyone because it is truly inspiring. The tour part was also amazing, especially the hot spring and tubing. The volunteer part of the trip was what impacted me the most. It was so different from my expectations. Before the trip, I expected people in misery in the town destroyed by a major earthquake. Yes, the town was pretty worn down. However, people were willing to work their hardest to reconstruct the town. The people of the community, even kids, helped to build the foundations for the containers. I was tired by the work, but I got my energy from the people working as hard as they could. Even after their hard work, they always had smiles on their faces which was incredible. I felt guilty feeling sad because of small matters back at home, while the people of Jama enjoyed everything they did even after their town was destroyed. This part of the trip made me realize that I should live my life with a positive mind because I am extremely lucky to be living in a first-world country. I also realized that helping others gives me extreme happiness, which caused me to set a new life goal: to become a doctor and travel to third-world country to help less fortunate people.

How can this program be improved?
The program could be greatly improved if we are given more information before the trip (about destinations of the tour, the details of medical rotations, and the situation in the volunteer sites and what we are doing exactly). Although I understand that not revealing much of the trip was an effort to make it more interesting, I think that more clarity would attract many more people. Also, although the medical workbook was helpful, I did not have time to read everything. It would be nice to have the booklet emailed to the students few days before the trip so that they can read it thoroughly and more efficiently learn the materials thought by the tutors. Also, it would be much less stressful to the students. The cost of the trip could also be more transparent. When I first saw the cost of the trip, I was reluctent to go because I could not understand why it would cost so much. After three weeks, I realize now that the numerous activities, food, and hospital opportunities make up for the cost, but the high cost may discourage people from coming. I wanted to bring a few friends with me, but they did not go because they did not think that it was worth the cost. I hope that whomever is reading this would consider my suggestions. Otherwise, it was a truly amazing trip.
Yes, I recommend
Jaime
10/10

Absolutely amazing experience

By far the most amazing program you could find. There are none of its kind, as there are not other programs that can give you the most rounded experience like this one. Help - you volunteer at a site in Ecuador to help build homes for families in need. My trip was building homes for the community of Jama, although due to the earthquake before, the homes were built in Manta and sent to Jama, due to the state of Jama being unfit for us to stay & work there. Learn - You get to experience hospital rotations, and learn all about them. You get surgery, where you're actually in the OR, 3 feet away from a surgery, ER where you get to learn all about what happens in an ER, and maybe even practice taking vitals on patients, Sports Medicine, OB/Gynecology, Radiology, pretty much anything that you can think of, this program lets you experience it. Discover - You spend a week touring around the different areas of Ecuador getting to experience the Amazon rainforest, amazing waterfalls, beaches, mountains, everything that the country has to offer. It's all so much better than just reading about it, or looking at pictures that other people have taken, until you actually experience the sheer beauty of the country, you don't truly get to appreciate it.

Yes, I recommend

About EcuaExperience

Help, Learn and Discover is an innovative organization offering educational programs in Ecuador, South America. We strive to offer a fulfilling life experience which combines helping those less fortunate with learning about a specific academic area...